November 25, 2007

Memphis commitment reacts to firing

Shock, disbelief, sorrow were all feelings that struck one Ole Miss Commitment.

The unexpected announcement Saturday morning that was seen all over the internet, ESPN ticker and local radio stations that Ole Miss fired Ed Orgeron surprised many local and area high school prospects.

One of Memphis top prospect Jamal Mosley was completely rocked by the decision.

"My first thoughts were to de-commit immediately," Mosley said Sunday. "I talked to my high school coach and he told me to be patient and see what happens."

Another reason that Mosley wants to stay a Rebel is the relationship that he has built with the coach that is recruiting him, Ole Miss Recruiting Coordinator Hugh Freeze.

"I have such a great relationship with Coach Freeze," Mosley said. "If the new coach keeps him I plan on honoring my pledge."

Mosley also realizes that a new coach might run a different type offense, one that doesn't depend on the tight end as much. That uncertainty is something that is also on Mosley's mind.

"The new coach might not want me," Mosley said. "My high school coach told me not to worry that other schools have shown interested but backed off because I was so solid with Ole Miss. I will have to wait and see what happens, but as of now I'm still a Rebel."

Mosley spoke to Coach Orgeron and Coach Freeze last week when the talented tight end called them to give the Rebel coaching staff good news.

"I made a 20 on my ACT," Mosley said. "They were so excited that I have qualified. They told me that they were had been assured that they would be back for another year, that didn't happen."

Mosley, who is 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds, plays tight end for his high school team and is expected to play the same position for the Rebels.

"I have gotten bigger and faster over the summer," Mosley said. "I'm blocking a lot more in our offense than catching the ball. We aren't throwing it much."

According to Mosley the motivation that the Rebel coaching staff has provided about the youngsters grades is paying off.

"My grades have improved a lot," Mosley said. "All it took was the coaching staff making me realize what I had to lose if I didn't apply myself. I'm not a bad student, just had to overcome my freshmen year where I goofed off a lot.

"Ole Miss has stuck by me and been very loyal to me."

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